The closure, which has left many shocked and saddened, was announced Tuesday in a statement posted on the market's website.
“We’re aware that hearing this news is as hard as sharing this news,” said Marc Bokoff, Crown Market's owner/operator. “If there were any other option, we would most certainly stay to serve the community we truly love. However, there are moments, passion aside, when you simply can’t fight the progress of time. For a family-owned kosher market, with more than a half-dozen national chains in all directions, it’s time for us to say goodbye.”
In its 74 years in business, Crown Market has become an icon on West Hartford's Albany Avenue, and a special place for generations of customers. But the business could not overcome what Bokoff described as “significant increases in competition, cost of goods, and one of the worst winters on record in a decade.”
Business will operate as usual with all fresh meat, deli, and bakery available for sale until products are gone. To assure that there are no wasted goods, but to provide an opportunity for customers to stockpile products only found at The Crown, the store will operate until inventory has been exhausted. Crown says all catering commitments through Friday, Feb. 28, will be fully addressed.
“Our biggest concern, at this time is for our team,” Bokoff said. “Many called this store their second home for decades, and assuredly this news is hitting pretty hard. We are working with each colleague individually to provide whatever support and referrals possible.“
“On behalf of the entire Crown Market family, thank you…one and all for your loyal support. I ask that in a reflection of our faith, that we not dwell on this short window of sadness, but on the generations of joy we all experienced from the food that this market has provided,” Bokoff said. “We have had a longer and greater history than most, as well as an impeccable reputation every step of the way. As a result, we all have much to be proud of.”
Just as soon as word broke that the beloved market is closing, a petition was started on change.org to keep it open. The petition already has more than 300 signatures, and a handful of comments from supporters, including these:
- "It's an institution that is well loved. I grew up going there and always stop there when I come back. Not only do I buy groceries when in town, but I bring my favorites back to Phoenix."
- "i dont think i can survive without your tuna, rugala, and pickles!"
What will you miss most about Crown Market?